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[pahr-suh-moh-nee-uh s] /ˌpɑr səˈmoʊ ni əs/
characterized by or showing parsimony; frugal or stingy.
Origin of parsimonious
First recorded in 1590-1600; parsimon(y) + -ious
Related forms
parsimoniously, adverb
parsimoniousness, noun
unparsimonious, adjective
unparsimoniously, adverb
tight, close, niggardly, miserly, illiberal, mean, penurious; avaricious, covetous.
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See stingy1. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Many of our denominational colleges are parsimoniously sustained.

    Colleges in America John Marshall Barker
  • The Scottish king was poor, ill-housed, parsimoniously served, meagerly guarded.

  • Inferior coal, parsimoniously stoked, took the water-heater a long time to get going.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • Did they think that the cross, given hitherto so parsimoniously to civilians, was not meant for the police?

  • Isolated in its narrow chamber, each grub nibbles the substance around it, peacefully and parsimoniously.

    A Book of Exposition Homer Heath Nugent
  • But the great empires which clutch territory and ignore men, spend prodigally on their armies and parsimoniously on their people.

    The Revival of Irish Literature Charles Gavan Duffy
  • She put a water can on the washstand and parsimoniously measured into it some attar of roses.

    A Bed of Roses W. L. George
Word Origin and History for parsimoniously



1590s, from Latin parsimonia "frugality, thrift" (see parsimony) + -ous. Not originally with the suggestion of stinginess. Related: Parsimoniously; parsimoniousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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